This Day in Minnesota History

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Today's Date: May 29

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Wisconsin is admitted to the Union, leaving present-day Minnesota east of the Mississippi River, which had been part of Wisconsin Territory, without a government until the establishment of Minnesota Territory on March 3, 1849.


Luther W. Youngdahl is born in Minneapolis. As the state's governor from 1947 to 1951 he would attack gambling practices across the state, even at the level of church raffles. President Harry S. Truman would later appoint him judge of the US district court for the District of Columbia. He died in 1978.


The St. Paul Dispatch runs a photograph of the first automobile in the Twin Cities. The owner, cigarmaker H. J. Schley, used the car to advertise his business.


James J. Hill, the "Empire Builder," dies in St. Paul. A man of enormous influence, he moved to St. Paul in 1856 from his native Ontario, began work in the shipping business, and became owner of the Great Northern Railway and Northern Pacific Railroad Companies. His interests were widespread: he helped develop the Iron Range, had a fleet of ships on the Pacific Ocean, pushed for modern farming techniques in the Northwest, and helped float the bonds that supported the democracies of Europe against the Central Powers in World War I.


Charles Strite of Stillwater applies for a patent for a pop-up toaster for use in his company's cafeteria.


High-speed rail service between the Twin Cities and Chicago begins with the train Hiawatha.